Fashion Over Reason

Sunday, August 31, 2014

#instaANN

Ann Taylor @instaANN silk cami with lace detailing, leather jacket, zipper earrings, Instagram campaign

Few things are as exciting as seeing oneself in a brand campaign. Such was the case this week when these really fun images shot for an Ann Taylor Instagram campaign came out -- perhaps you saw the ad appear in your feed if you're in the good ol' US of A? No matter if you did or not, I was able to get a hold of the pics and here I am sporting some Ann Taylor pre-fall garb in all of my 9 to 5 chic glory.

The thing with this classic American retailer is that it has really upped its game in recent years. The folks of Ann Inc. have been so successful at making the brand fresh and young, while still catering to their core working woman clientele. Honestly -- and I'm a tough critic -- they have some really amazing pieces, perfect basics and fun accessories, all setting the bar for quality. I have a ton of items from them that are on super heavy rotation, so they're kind of a no-brainer go-to.

All of the pieces I'm wearing below qualify as wardrobe essentials for the woman who leads a busy life. That amazing, buttery soft leather moto jacket is a classic that will lend any look that perfect dose of edge. The über-flattering Laser-cut neoprene LBD is an essential staple for all well-rounded sartorial pools -- I kid you not, I had people on the street shouting at me about how much they loved my dress. It can go from day (paired with these!) to date night, to girl's night out, all the way to city wedding wear. That silk cami, which comes in an array of pretty colors, fits like a dream. The white dress is the ideal shift and even has built-in accessories thanks to the neckline embellishment. Basically, these are all solid fall buys, ladies.

Photographed on the Highline in New York by Scott Furkay.

Ann Taylor neoprene laser cut dress, #instaANN Instagram campaign, Nighlinge New York City, Fashion Over Reason, Hélène Heath#instaANN Instagram campaign, detail shot, laser cut neoprene dress, lbdWorkwear, 9 to 5 chic, Ann Taylor leather jacket, office style, #instaANN, nude silk cami, tweed trousers, zipper dangly earrings, Instagram campaign, Fashion Over ReasonAnn Taylor Addison leather moto jacket, embellished stone dress in winter white, on the Highline, New York City, #instaANN instagram campaignAnn Taylor laser cut neoprene LBD dress, little black dress, peep-toe pony hair booties, tortoiseshell patent leather hard clutch, #instaANN Instagram campaign on the Highline, New York City
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- Clothing -
Addison leather moto jacket
Crepe lace trim cami in feather stone
Embellished stone dress in winter white
Slim tweed ankle pants
Laser-cut dress

- Accessories -
Harbor sunglasses
Waterside sunglasses
Cutout leather cuff
Modern pearlized link bracelet
Modern pearlized long necklace (worn as a bracelet with the white dress)
Paperclip linear drop earrings
Modernized pearlized boxchain earrings

Look 1

Look 2

Look 3

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Inspo

Here we are, friends, the end of summer. The final August weekend. The last hurrah. I sit here and weep as I type this, nowhere ready for fall to take over just yet, not at all prepared for fashion week to be among us yet again. But it's inevitable, it's happening, the cold will soon be taking over and I will eventually be excited about it. Just... not yet -- which is precisely why I'm still forcing dreamy images of beachy sunshine delight down your throats. Have an amazing Labor Day weekend to all of my fellow North American compadres and for the rest of you, have a great time too XX.

Josephine Skriver & Eleon photographed by Dan Martensen styled by Eva Geraldine fontanelli for elle italia july 2014 puglia in love storyNatalia Vodianova in McQueen by Peter Lindbergh for Harpers Bazaar US March 2003Josephine Skriver for Porter mag #3 photographed by Chris Colls styled by Maya  Zepinic, endless summer, beach frolic, bronzed goddessBrigitte Bardot giant straw hat, 60s iconBikini body, macrame beach cover upGreen bike on the beach, basket of flowersZulu + Zephyr swimwear look book spring 2015 photographed by Henrik Purienne Boho chic in Paris, street styleBeach bum, white Ray-Ban Wayfarers, surfer chick, California girlLazy summer day, nautical vibesIce cream samplerGrace Kelly photographed by Howell Conant in Jamaica, 1955summer-lotions  Avène Cold Cream, Kiehls creme de corp light weight body lotion, NARS golden glow, Fresh rice dry oilHanging out on the beach in a giant straw hatTopless swimming, endless summer, beach vibesZuzanna Bijoch for Centerfold magazine ss14, photographed by Eric Guillemain, mysterious, beach hutAdenorah beach look, dark denim shirt, white skirtFreckled beach beauty, California girl surfer chickThe beach at dusk, sunset, white dress, summer, paradiseAudrey Hepburn in Los Angeles, 1954Zulu + Zephyr swimwear look book spring 2015 photographed by Henrik PurienneWolfcub x Nobody denim by Brydie Mack for Wolfclub Chronicles Helena Christensen in a vintage Elle magazine, somewhere tropicalEmily Didonato by-Bjarne Jonasson for Elle France July 2014, styled by Anne-Marie BrouilletHana Hanalei Reponty photographed by Brydie Mac Wolfclub sexy beach babe endless summer blonde bombshell body denimVogue Netherlands, by the poolHana Hanalei Reponty photographed by Brydie Mac Wolfclub sexy beach babe endless summer, topless beachAlla Kostromichova photographed by Oliver Stalman styled by phuong my for harpers bazaar vietnam Kate Moss by Herb Rits, beach moment, 90sHana Jirickova for the Totême look book by Hans Feurer, Elin Kling white loose tank beach babeMelissa Findley Tuula vintage in Hawaii in a Zimmermann floaty dressBeach bum munchkin
[Into the Gloss, Elin Kling, Wolfclub, Fashioned by Love, Adenorah, Porter Magazine, Pinterest]

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ain't No Shame in the Selfie Game

You guys, when you just don't have someone around to take your picture (or when there is but the result doesn't surpass that of a bedroom selfie you took), you just have to make with what you've got. AIN'T NO SHAME. And this is all I've got.

But it's a cute look, so allow me to elaborate on it: a cropped pinstripe trouser made cooler due to its baggy, oversized sensibility. An equipment-like silk blouse brings that perennial effortless je ne sais quoi and on my two extremities: simple accessories making the overall look complete. It doesn't have to be complicated, as long as you have a harmonious combo of complimentary pieces. That is all.

Fashion Over Reason Selfie, Tibi pinstripe cropped pants, Joe Fresh silk shirt, Brixton straw hat, rose gold Ancient Greek Sandals, Suburban Riot canvas tote
Details:
Silk shirt - Joe Fresh (this is a better version)
Pants - Tibi (these are fun)
Sandals - Ancient Greek Sandals
Hat - Brixton
Tote - Suburban Riot (love this one)

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lipstick

A little lipstick never hurt anyone, right? Here I am in all of my vacation glory, making a bit of an effort. A beautiful evening on the streets of Paris, reapplying my NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Sex Machine before heading to dinner, right after the quintessential Parisian activity: the apéro.

Fashion Over Reason in the streets of Paris during the summer, Ann Taylor midi skirt, Zara strappy sandals, H&M tank, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, NARS Velvet matte lip pencil in Sex Machin
Details:
Tank - H&M (this one!)
Skirt - Ann Taylor (similar here)
Shoes - Zara (these are similar and awesome)
Sunnies - Ray-Ban
Lips - NARS

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Jalouse?

Jalouse Chrldr grey tee, Zara folded mini skirt, H&M slide sandals, Bottega Veneta intrecciato cross body bag, downtown Amsterdam Canal, Europ, Europtrip

Today, I bring you yet another slice of my European visitor wardrobe. But first, let's begin by discussing the wonderful place that is Amsterdam. Landing there was probably the best decision of our Euro trip, as the airport is fantastic and they make it so easy to travel to and fro via train. It's also such an easy-going city, which made it the ideal slow start we needed for our journey. Case in point: this look was worn on the very first day, which was filled with lots of eating, walking and, to cap it off, our low-energy jet lagged selves took a fun boat ride along the canals.

Certain cities are so beautiful and charming that you just cannot help but Ooh and Aah literally every time you turn a corner. It's safe to say that Europe in its entirety is probably the likeliest destination for such marvel and Amsterdam is very much included here. It's such a unique place, so different from anything you come to know as a North American, rendering it very impactful.

This was my third time in the city of canals and it never ceases to amaze me. Everyone is incredibly kind (I love Dutch people in general, I think they are some of the greatest folk in the world), the food is delicious, it has its very own identity and at the top of my list is that it's small enough for the non-locals to be able to walk to any destination they could potentially want make their way to.

Jalouse Chrldr grey tee, Zara folded mini skirt, H&M slide sandals, Bottega Veneta intrecciato cross body bag, downtown Amsterdam Canal, Europ, EuroptripHanging out in Amsterdam, summertime, Ray-Ban aviator green/gold sunglasses, Chrldr jalouse grey t-shirt, Zara fold-over skirt, h&m cork slide sandals, Bottega Veneta leatherintrecciato bag, summer style, summer chic, tourist, Amsterdam canal
Details:

Tee - Chrldr (available at MIMO Market) (try this one!)
Skirt - Zara (similar here and so good)
Sandals - H&M (these are amazing)
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Bag - Bottega Veneta
Choker - Zara (same idea)

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Friday Inspo

It's hard to believe that we have almost reached Labor Day (if you're not in North America, allow me to put it in other terms: Labor Day = end of summer). I'm not into it. I actually love fall, but I just don't feel like I'm quite ready for it yet. You see, a typical New York summer consists of a lineup of heat waves overlapping one another, which means that by the time September rolls around, all anyone is excited about is the idea of stocking up on chunky knitwear. Not this year. Summer has been so reasonable that August, the supposed hottest month of the year, already feels like we should be gathering 'round the fireplace come nightfall. And I'm just not mentally prepared to start wearing pants just yet.

So while you ponder this issue, feast your eyes on this week's mood board and enjoy the next couple of days xx.

Ashley Olsen in Breton stripes and straw hatJosephine Skriver & Alexander Michael Deleon photographed by Dan Martensen styled by Eva Geraldine fontanelli for Elle Italia July 2014, Puglia in love story Zuzanna Bijoch for Centerfold magazine ss14, photographed by Eric Guillemain, white drapey top, beachKate Bosworth wraparound french braid, red carpet hair doFruit rounds, slices of citrus, strawberries, apples and cucumberEvangelie Smyrniotaki from Style Heroine in an Altuzzara ss14 high slit skirtAnja Rubik street style, model off duty, Saint Laurent suede trench coat, leopard print slip-on sneakersCrista Cober photographed by David Sims for Vogue Paris, plaid shirt, natural beautyZuzanna Bijoch for Centerfold magazine ss14, photographed by Eric Guillemain, stone stepsLibrary living room, cozy book room, bookworm, turkish ruge, cozy homeCamille Charrière from Camille Over the Rainbow, street style, all black, leather mini skirt, black slides sandals, messy blond hairAlvin Ailey dancers spring 2014 dresses New York City streets, Elle magazineModel off duty street style, on the street after couture, menswearSaint Laurent shoulder leather bagTomboy style, blond hair tucked into a baseball cap, girl next door, loose teeCasual cropped mom jeans, blue denim, black Birkenstocks, loose navy teeChloé resort 2015, graphic midi skirt, small gingham checked trenchTotême raw linen shirt, Saint Laurent sunglasses, Elin Kling vacation essentials, endless summerAmanda Shadforth from Oracle Fox in Céline SS14 graphis abstrack art shirt and mules, photographed by the Coveteur in ParisHammock on a deserted beach, summertime, vacation, paradisePauline Hoarau & Antonina Pektovic after Armani Privé, couture fashion show, july 2014, street style, models off dutyBrigitte Bardot photographed by Leonard De Raemy, 1973, muse, icon, legend, freckles, blonde bombshellSummer beauty essentials, Chanel makeup compact, Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess, tortoiseshell sunglasses, pink bra, Essie nail polish, whole pineappleFaded pastel pink messy top knot bunXiao Wen Ju for the Tibi fall 2014 look book, all baby pink look, pleated midi skirt, boxy t-shirt, black pointy toe broguesLilac lavender flowers, blueberries and blackberries, lavender ice cream, marble cutting boardKate Moss on the beach, resortwear, bombshellNARS Cosmetics Adelaide illuminator, blush and velvet matte satin lip pencilsAlexa Chung at a Vogue event, May 2014, wearing a Rag & Bone crop top & a Dries Van Noten skirt
[Elin Kling, Nars, Who What Wear, Style Heroine, Camille Over the Rainbow, style.com, Elle, Net-A-Porter, Tibi, TFS, Pinterest]